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How to Do a Center Split

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Butterfly Stretch
How to Do a Center Split
© 2008 Paula Tribble
  • From a seated position, touch your feet together and slowly bring your knees apart.
  • Move your heels in towards your body as much as possible, while at the same time pushing your knees gently down toward the floor.
  • Maintain good posture by keeping your back straight up and down.
  • To increase the stretch, lean your body forward as far as you can, keeping you back straight and reaching beyond your feet.
  • Hold this stretch for 30-60 seconds at a time.
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